As the year draws to a close, sometimes we get a bit frazzled and say or do things we don’t mean. This can also happen with our students. We have noticed that students are getting more ‘cranky’ with each other and are saying or doing things they normally wouldn’t.
As with all the other curriculum areas we teach, we teach our students how to be resilient problem solvers on the playground as well.
To give you an idea of this process, when a student comes to a teacher with an issue on the playground (a minor issue) we will often ask them what they have already done to try and solve the situation. We will ask them to tell the other student “Stop it, I don’t like it when you…..”
If the other students does it again (minor behaviour), we ask them to say to the students again “Stop it, I don’t like it when you… If you don’t stop I will tell the teacher”.
If the behaviour continues, the teacher steps in, completes a Minor behaviour form and will determine a consequence, usually some time out off the playground.
If there is a hands on incident, the children should report it to the teacher on duty immediately to ensure the behaviour stops. The teacher then completes the appropriate form.
By asking our students to try and deal with ,Minor issues themselves, we are building resilience and responsibility. We want them to build these skills in a safe environment so they have some strategies for when they are in other environments where an adult might not be close by (like the park).